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October 5th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Interviews,Screencaptures,Videos

Roman Reigns sits down with Maggie Gray of Sports Illustrated. He discusses his Georgia Tech days and talks Breast Cancer Awareness month and more.

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September 30th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Audio Interview,Interviews

WWE Superstar Roman Reigns joined the newest edition of “The Buzz with Jimmy Traina” to discuss a wide variety of topics from wrestling to “Seinfeld” to how Dean Ambrose got an R-rated nickname.

Reigns also talked about the WWE’s annual partnership with Susan G. Koman for National Breast Cancer Awareness month. As part of this year’s “Rise Above Cancer” campaign, WWE will donate to Komen 20 percent of the retail sales price of all co-branded merchandise sold on Shop.WWE.com, while fans can also donate $1, $5 or $10 to Komen upon checkout from the site.

Here’s a small sampling of the interview highlights:

On when he found out Seth Rollins would be turning against The Shield:

“Day of.”

On a possible Shield Reunion:

“It’s tough because I enjoy what I’m doing now. I enjoy being a singles guy. I enjoy commanding the stage with myself and an opponent. It’s a different process when you’re teammates. Especially with the way we work. We’re very unselfish with how we work together in so many different regards. Not just what you see as the final product of the match. Just strategizing, psychology, teamwork. What made us so empowering is that we helped each other and we always looked out for each other and you didn’t see that in wrestling too often. Even in factions, it’s a very individual game, but The Shield, we were just iron-clad brothers in black. We made it more about the group than anything. I miss that. I miss that camaraderie.”

On winning back the fans who turned against him at the beginning of the year:

“It’s been a work in progress. The crowd is the crowd. You’re gonna take them as an individual performer how you take them. The key is how do you learn from them. How do you use whatever is happening reaction-wise to get better.”

On The New Day’s popularity:

“Although I’ve beaten some of their asses in the past few weeks, I enjoy watching them. You can tell they’re having fun. That’s a huge thing. When you can see a talent having fun, you can invest more.”

On whether Colin Kaepernick is the guy for his 49ers:

“No. I’m not a Kaepernick guy at all.”

On why he doesn’t follow anyone on Twitter:

“I don’t care to read about anybody’s Twitter. I don’t care what you’re eating for breakfast or where you just went. For me, it’s mainly just to connect with my supporters and the people who are showing a mad amount of love. For the most part, I don’t care what Dolph Ziggler is doing or that Seth Rollins worked out. I don’t wanna watch a video of Cena power cleaning.”

On fans calling Dean Ambrose the “T—y Master.”

“I love it.”

Reigns also talked about still getting nervous to perform, his upcoming Hell in the Cell match against Bray Wyatt, on whether he prefers to be a heel or a babyface, the popularity of the New Day, his pre-“Monday Night Raw” routine, his wide array of musical taste, his favorite “Seinfeld” episode and explained why Seth Ambrose is called the “T—y Master.”

Listen to the full interview below

September 14th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Audio Interview,Interviews

 

Roman spoke with DJ Magnum of Power 108 today. The interview is above.

August 28th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews
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Nubyjas Wilborn of Tallahassee.Com, did a Q & A with Roman Reigns earlier today he answers questions about working out, his eating habits, and more check out the full Q & A below:

Like a lot of young men, Roman Reigns had dreams of becoming a pro wrestler and playing in the NFL.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old, 6-foot-3, 265-pound Pensacola native will take on Bray Wyatt at the Civic Center as WWE comes to Tallahassee.

“As a kid growing up… I was immersed in wrestling,” Reigns said. “Both football and wrestling were so important to my family. I’ve been training my body since I was young boy, I’m built for this.”

Reigns, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i, had a breakout year in 2015. He won the Royal Rumble, which gained him entrance to the main event at WrestleMania.

Life for the former football player moves quickly. Reigns went from Escambia High to Georgia Tech. After leaving college, he ended his football career ended after the 2008 Canadian Football League season with the Edmonton Eskimos.

After football was done he decided to enter the family business in 2010. His father, Sika and uncle, Afa wrestled as the “Wild Samoans” tag team. He’s also related to Umaga, Yokozuna, Rikishi, the Tonga Kid, Rocky Johnson and The Rock. Yes, that Rock, movie star Dwayne Johnson.

Reigns talks to Tallahassee Democrat about life as a professional wrestler in WWE.

How did you switch from football to wrestling?

“I was a big boy down in the trenches. So at first I had to knock off some of that football weight, to a more aesthetic look. It took me three years to get comfortable at 320, then I suddenly had to drop weight. I cut my portions in half and stopped eating as a 300-pound man and more like 240-260-pound guy, who is lean and cut.”

Do you count calories?

“I don’t get too crazy with that. I make sure all my meals have a ton of protein, a complex carb and healthy fats. Eat like a caveman, if it grew from the earth, or eats what grows from the earth, chances are it’s safe to eat. If it’s processed or created in a lab, I stay away from it.”

How do you eat right, workout and rest while doing 4-5 shows a week?

“The diet is the easiest of the three. For the most part everywhere we go, there are restaurants where we can find a healthy meal. Thank God for these phone we have nowadays, we can find gyms much easier than the old days. But even if you can’t find a gym you can always do a body weight workout. Sleep is the hardest part, I’m still looking for a system.

What does your workout look like?

“My workouts are all about moving a lot weight very fast. I’m old school. I do squats, Olympic lifts and heavy compound movements. I’m not the guy, who is going to be flipping a log 50 times. I have always trained for explosion and it shows in the ring.

What is the most painful thing to happen to you in the ring?

“Anytime a grown man picks you up over his head with the intention of dropping it’s going to hurt. But if I had to pick one, it would be the time Big Show, who is over 7 feet, choke-slammed me out of the ring and through some tables. I threw up blood for a couple of days after that one.”

If you could do a program with any wrestler past or present that capped off with the WrestleMania main event, who would it be?

“No matter what I’m going to always want to take the belt of Rollins. He stole my moment and I’ll never forget what he did to me. It may look like my hands are full with the Wyatt’s, but Seth is always on my mind. I won’t feel complete until I pay him back.

If you go

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University

Source: Tallahassee.Com 

August 28th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

Winning the Royal Rumble to earn a WrestleMania main event spot is one to celebrate.

Roman Reigns did just that, even though the crowd thought otherwise.

“To be completely honest, it was confusing,” Reigns said. “The reaction. All you got to do is watch it, and it speaks for itself.”

Fans were cheering Roman Reigns, this strong 6-4, tough, no-nonsense, good looking athlete, but at the Royal Rumble in January, they booed when he won. Futhermore, tweeters erupted on Twitter with their childish ‘#CancelWWENetwork’ rant. Though, those jeers were not directly because Reigns won but rather because WWE underdog poster-boy Daniel Bryan did not.

WWE gave Reigns a chance. WWE fans did not.

“For me, personally, to nail it down — outside of the reaction from the crowd — it was the greatest moment of my life,” Reigns said. “I’m a father to a 7-year old little girl, so the greatest thing I can do is provide a future for her. That was a good moment in that process for me of being a provider. No matter what the reaction was, to be able to do that with my cousin, The Rock Dwayne Johnson, to share that moment and get some awesome advice and some good direction, it was great.”

That moment set a tone.

“It was a groundbreaker for what happened [after] for six, seven, eight months,” Reigns said. “I’m extremely proud of that night. I’m extremely proud of how I responded and turned things around. If I can stay healthy, and God favors me, the sky is the limit.”

WWE and its fans made Reigns defend that spot (the main event of WrestleMania) at the next pay-per-view, Fastlane, against their No.1 son Daniel Bryan. Reigns beat Bryan to still main event WrestleMania 31 in March against the WWE World champ and former UFC champ The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar.

The battle between those two intimidating forces at Mania lived up to the hype.

Was that WrestleMania 31 match with Brock Lesnar the most intense, physical matchup for Reigns?

“One hundred percent,” Reigns answered. “Brock Lesnar is a physical specimen. If you don’t match that intensity, he’s going to walk all over you…I visited Suplex City, and I returned to Pensacola, Florida safe and sound. Everybody’s got to deal with that situation in their own way, and I thought I handled it to the best of my abilities.”

Seth Rollins, who owned the Money in the Bank briefcase, cashed in, after the physical brutality displayed in the physically exhausting Lesnar/Reigns match to become the new WWE World champ.

“Obviously my former brother [Rollins] picked his spot correctly,” Reigns said. “He let the animals take each other out, and then he came out and stole the moment.”

The year prior at WrestleMania 30, Lesnar did something no one else did nor thought possible as he defeated The Undertaker to end the streak. More than a year in the making, the much anticipated rematch occured at SummerSlam on Sunday, Aug. 23 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Prior to SummerSlam, Reigns said: “It’s a different perspective of it coming from me, especially because I faced Brock at the next Mania. So to me it’s kind of weird. If I were to put one word on it — groundbreaking. This is a big draw. This is what it’s all about. These are moments that are only made after a lot of experience and a lot of time has been put in. These two guys have been wrestling for a long time. It’s exciting. This is history in the making.”

Reigns grew up with pro wrestling as his family tree is rooted into the business. His father is WWE Hall of Famer Sika the Wild Samoan. Rosey, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, The Tonga Kid, and The Rock are also branching on their tree. With that kind of lineage, the 30-year-old Reigns lived pro wrestling his entire life.

“Oddly enough, the Deadman [Undertaker] is a good friend of my family,” Reigns said. “He has a huge love and respect for my family members, and what we’ve done in the business. We’ve always had a great respect for The Undertaker, the Godfather of the business, and if any of us can follow in his footsteps, the business will continue to grow and get better.”

WWE Sunshine State Tour

Get your popcorn and your tickets.

WWE will be in Florida in late August and early September, and some events offer VIP meet-n-greet packages.

Here we go.

Just five days after SummerSlam, WWE visits the Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., on Friday, Aug. 28 in Estero/Fort Myers. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for this house show (no TV).

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WWE continues its Florida swing on Saturday, Aug. 29 for a house show at the Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., #200, in Orlando. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

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WWE travels to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St., at Florida State University on Sunday, Aug. 30 in Tallahassee. Bell time is 5 p.m.

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WWE will also be at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., on Sunday, Aug. 30 in Daytona Beach. Bell time is 7 p.m.

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WWE Raw is at the Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., on Monday, Aug. 31 in Tampa. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. with the live television show beginning at 8 p.m. on USA Network.

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WWE SmackDown is at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, on Tuesday, Sept. 1 in Miami. Bell time is 7 p.m. The taped SmackDown will be broadcast 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 on Syfy.

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Reigns said: “I’m all about Miami. I’m all about Florida. I’m a Florida boy. I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, but I’m a beach boy. I’ve spent the majority of my time on the beach. I have a huge respect and a love and a lot of gratitude toward my state. I look forward to any time we can do a loop in Florida. It really brings a huge smile to my face and my heart because it takes me home; it takes me to my family. I get to be with my little girl and my wife, and they get to experience it with me.

“So bring the family out. We’re going to have a great time. There’s nothing like Miami. If you’ve been to Miami, you already know. Come check us out.”

The U Cant’ C Me or The U Can’t Cena Me?

Will Miami fans cheer orange and green John Cena?

John Cena is sporting new orange and green ring gear. How apropos for WWE’s Miami visit as orange and green are the colors of the University of Miami.

College football and WWE are right around the corner South Florida. It’s all about ‘The U’ Can’t C Me or ‘The U’ Can’t Cena Me? So get your popcorn, your tickets and maybe your orange and green.

For tickets and info visit WWE.Com

Source: MiamiHerald.com

August 23rd, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

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It has been quite a year for WWE superstar Roman Reigns. From winning the 2015 Royal Rumble to failing to garner the fan support expected by his booking to main-eventing WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar, Reigns will likely be among the company’s top-billed entertainers for years to come.

On Sunday, Reigns teams with Dean Ambrose to take on Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in one of the top matches in the 2015 SummerSlam card. CBS Sports caught up with Reigns to get his thoughts on his short-lived NFL career, WrestleMania match and upcoming SummerSlam showdown.

CBS Sports: At SummerSlam, you will be reuniting with your old pal fom The Shield, Dean Ambrose, to take on Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. You guys have had great matches in the past. What can fans expect this time around?

Roman Reigns: “It’s just gonna be a Wild West shootout. I couldn’t even try to explain what to expect. I have no clue to be honest, so I’m preparing for a little bit of everything. You throw a whole bunch of combustible objects like Ambrose and the Wyatts into the situation with me, let’s just say there’s a lot of action and a lot of emotion. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride. I’m looking forward to it.”

CBS Sports: You had a rocky relationship with the fans after your Royal Rumble win was met with a lukewarm response. Did that bother you at the time, or does it still?

Roman Reigns: “You know, it’s tough. As a performer, a professional wrestler, I go out there and I just want to put a smile on people’s faces. I just want to make people happy, you know what I mean? It’s all good intentions. So when it doesn’t got exactly right, it can be tough because I care. To put it as simple as possible, I care, you know what I mean? I could go out there and just cash it in, but I want to be the best. I want fans to take every ounce of energy away from me as possible. That’s what I’m trying to emit. That’s what I’m trying to give to each live event. So it’s tough when it’s not perfect or exactly how you thought.

“When it comes to all of this, despite all the hate or the negativity that I’ve gotten, I’ve always had my supporters. I’ve always had the Roman Empire behind me. They never falter. They’re always there supporting me. Kind words to pick me up if I’m feeling down. So I just gotta thank all my fans and everyone who stuck with me, the supporters, you know. I couldn’t do what I do without them.”

CBS Sports: At WrestleMania 31, we saw you main event against Brock Lesnar for the WWE title. Despite not winning, you showed the fans you had the talent to hang at that level. What did you take away from that match, and from WrestleMania as a whole?

Roman Reigns: “I took home a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m never proud of losing a match, or any moment that I didn’t come out on top. That’s always the goal, to win and better my family and my future, especially in the ring. So that’s a tough pill to swallow. But at the same time, I was very grateful for the opportunity and in hindsight, I feel like I learned so much from those moments and those weeks building up into it. On the other end, the only thing I wanted was respect. That’s all I wanted is just respect. I think as a man, that’s not asking for too much. I’m willing to fight for every ounce of it. WrestleMania was a great start and hopefully as the weeks go by I’ll just continue to earn respect.”

CBS Sports: Your family’s history in the wrestling business is extensive. What was it like growing up with not only Sika as your father, but with so many other members of your family in the wrestling business?

Roman Reigns: “It was great, it really was. It’s always a good thing to be proud of where you’re from and your family. I’ve always been very proud of the accomplishments of my relatives, my father and my uncle and all of the other wrestlers that have come through our family tree. But at the same time, it’s a rough life. It’s a busy life. So as proud as I was of my father and everyone else, it’s tough when you don’t see your family members. It’s tough when they’re always on the road. So there are a lot of sacrifices. But it’s all for the betterment and it’s all for the future. It’s all for our family and to feed mouths and to put roofs over heads.

“It’s hard to understand that at a young age, but I just thank God that I can see through the eyes of so many family members and see from their perspectives no”w. It makes me appreciate everything everyone’s ever done in our family.

CBS Sports: Not counting yourself, whose matches do you most enjoy watching?

Roman Reigns: “It’s tough. There’s a lot of great performers out there. I think I still stick with the main guys I’d compete with when we first came in, the brothers from The Shield. We came in this thing all like-minded, and we’ve all kind of carved our own path and have our own niche; we always still think on a very similar level. Anytime I can watch Dean or Seth [Rollins], or you can even put Cesaro in that category. We rode a lot with him back in the day. Those are all guys I like to call peers and I like to watch their stuff as well.”

CBS Sports: When you look at Seth Rollins as WWE champion, what do you think of the job he’s doing?

Roman Reigns: “To put all of our beef and our animosity aside, I can’t lie to you: I think he’s done a good job. A lot comes with being the WWE champion. There’s a lot of responsibility and there’s a lot of dates and a lot of towns that you have to make, a lot of appearances. Every single day you have to be on your A game. You have to lead. You have to carry. I can’t speak on his personal choices and how he carries himself, but I know he’s carried that title like a man would. He’s worked his butt off to get where he is and he’s worked his butt to maintain where he’s at. He better enjoy it before he runs back into me, I know that.”

CBS Sports: With NFL training camps and preseason under way, I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about your experience in trying to make it into the NFL coming out of Georgia Tech in 2007.

Roman Reigns: “I tell you, I wished I had some more experience than I did going in. It was tough for me, you know. It was such a quick process. It just didn’t happen the way I thought it would. You play for so many years and there’s so much riding on the line. For all these young men going into the league, I just wish them the best of luck because it’s a crazy, crazy moment to try to capitalize on. Most of those guys have played for 15 years or so. So to capitalize on that much time spent, it’s gotta be nerve-wracking.

“I wish I could have gone back and had a different scenario, a different chance, a different opportunity, but for me, I found the team that I needed to be on. That’s kind of what they say in the NFL, is it only takes one team. Hopefully a lot of those guys can find a home out there. It didn’t work out for me. I enjoyed it though. It was a cool, bucket-list situation to put on an NFL uniform, to be at practice, to use their facilities and just see it from an inside perspective. I was very grateful for that.”

CBS Sports: What advice would you give to the NXT roster on how to make it to the WWE main roster, and what to expect when they get there?

Roman Reigns: “Well, just do what you’re doing. NXT, they have a great formula and a good system. As you can see from the past couple of years now, all this talent that’s coming up, they’re doing something right down there. So I’d say to continue to do what they’re doing. Continue to create that NXT identity. It’s starting to catch like wildfire, so I think the biggest advice I can give any of those guys and girls coming up to the main roster is continue to do what you do. Make it translate, because if it’s working on NXT then it will probably work on the main roster on Monday Night Raw and Thursday night Smackdown, so just stick to your guns, believe in yourself and continue to do what you do. Because you’re gonna get a lot of pressure. You’re gonna get pulled in a lot of directions. You’re gonna have a ton of competition. Just believe in yourself and do what you do.”

CBS Sports: Hypothetically speaking, if you got to put one person or tag team into the WWE Hall of Fame next year, no questions asked, who do you select?

Roman Reigns: “Oh, that’s tough. Three Minute Warning. Yeah, I’d stick with the family. I wish his career was so much longer, but I definitely think Umaga’s one of the best of all time. I wish he would have had a little more time to hold the titles and put in a few more years of work, but in my opinion, one of the best big men of all time. Nobody more intense. Nobody more athletic. So charismatic. We lost one way too early. I’ll go ahead and throw my brother in the same boat as far as being a great performer and try and give those guys the nod, you know?”

Source: CBSSports.com

August 18th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

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We are not being ironic when we say that professional wrestlers are some of the world’s fittest athletes. They could crush an awful lot of ballplayers. So how exactly do they stay in such great shape when they’re traveling 300-plus days a year, while dodging suplexes and power bombs at night? We asked five of the WWE’s biggest stars—including current heavyweight champ Seth Rollins—to find out. Spoiler alert: It involves a lot of Chipotle.

How difficult is it for you guys to find gyms to work out in when you’re essentially in a different city every night?

Charlotte: Every single town I get to, the first thing I do is Google a gym. And that’s just part of your life on the road. It’s like, “I have to eat breakfast. I have to work out.”

Roman Reigns: Finding gyms are the easiest part. Nowadays you plug your iPhone in and you can pretty much figure out anything.

Kofi Kingston: We can just type in a Gold’s Gym or LA Fitness or whatever.

Cesaro: I’m pretty lucky because I travel with Seth. The CrossFit community has been really, really good to us. They just open their gyms to us and we can go and workout there.

Seth Rollins: Sometimes if you go to the same gyms, the fans catch on to that and they start hanging out at the gyms. It becomes a little bit of a circus. Over the course of three years or so, I’ve been able to create a nice little Rolodex of CrossFit gyms. I’ve ingratiated myself to the community, and that allows for a much more accessible training session as far as privacy is concerned.

Roman: I think the hardest part is actually nutrition. And not just what you eat, but eating enough.

Do you have any secrets or tips to maintaining a diet when you’re constantly traveling?

Seth: I’m a huge proponent of eating real food and eating a lot if it. As athletes, we train and travel so much, a lot of times our needs are not met calorically. But I don’t like eating to be a chore, so I kind of just go with the flow. I don’t like to plan my meals ahead of time. I feel like as soon as it becomes a chore and you start thinking of it as a diet instead of a lifestyle, that’s when you start to want to cheat more and more. You get real sloppy real quick.

Roman: Big E Langston—he’s probably one of our strongest guys—he was on this thing he called “sugar window.” So if you work out hard enough, you can literally eat anything you want right after a workout. He’s like, you can eat cookies and ice cream and chocolate syrup and your body is going to use it in a proper way. And if you look at him, he’s a genetic freak. So we’d work out and then make a sprint to the building to hit up catering for a cookie or two. It wasn’t more than a week or two until we were like, “Maybe there isn’t too much science behind this thing.” Plus, I think Big E made it a “sugar garage door.”

Charlotte: I’m the type of person who has to preplan every meal, because I love food and nothing is worse than being hungry. I really try to stay away from protein bars because I love them. I could literally eat four Quest bars at one time. So say I’m on a loop from Friday to Wednesday—if I fly out on Friday morning, I’ll have all my meals prepped in my lunch box for that day. I always try to travel with tuna packets, oatmeal, nuts, peanut butter, and rice cakes. Then once I land, I’ll look up whatever grocery store they have around and I’ll buy food for Saturday and Sunday. Maybe I can pick up some apples, avocados, spinach, turkey, sliced chicken. I’ll do that right when I get in.

Is there a certain place you rely on for food when you’re on the road?

Kofi: Chipotle.

Charlotte: Or Moe’s. But only if you can’t find a Chipotle first. [laughs]

Seth: Yeah, Chipotle’s the universal one. They’re pretty much everywhere. It’s fresh ingredients. It’s quality. Now everything they have is non-GMO. If you can just get a bowl with a bunch of meat and vegetables and rice, you’re pretty set.

Roman: It’s just simple and delicious. I’ll do anywhere from two to three scoops of chicken, and then sometimes the barbacoa if the time’s right.

Cesaro: I go and get three bowls to go, and then I have my protein shake after my workouts. That’s pretty much my road diet. [laughs] I usually get brown rice and black beans. I’ll do one bowl with double chicken, one with double steak, and one with chicken and steak. It’s fresh, it’s fast, and it’s reliable.

Kofi: Anytime we can hit a Chipotle, we always stop.

You all train incredibly hard, beat yourselves up in the ring, and then you have to hop in a rental car and drive to the next city to do it all over again. How do you keep your body from falling apart?

Seth: That’s impossible, basically. The recovery is impossible. We do the best that we can, but our season doesn’t end. For the past three years, I haven’t had any extended period of time at home. The longest stretch I’ve had at home is four days in three years. And that’s legit.

Roman: The recovery process is a myth. I don’t think there is such a thing.

Cesaro: What I try to do is get a good rental car. Something that is big and comfortable that has space so I can stretch out, even when I’m driving.

Kofi: It’s funny, because you see us in the ring and we’re taking all these bumps and we’re being thrown around, and you’ll see me jump from the top rope to the outside of the ring. But what wears on the body is the travel. Like, we just flew to Victoria all the way from Florida. Those seats go back like 53 degrees! So you’re sitting in an awkward position, your legs are numb and your lower back is hurting, and then once you land you have to get in a car and drive for two or three more hours. So that is really what takes the most toll on my body.

Charlotte: Sleep is so important. And you’ll laugh at me, but I always have a jug of water with me. Sleep and hydrating I think are the most important things.

A lot of people swear by supplements to help with recovery, but traveling with that stuff can be difficult.

Roman: Those big old protein tubs are a pain in the ass. It’s happened to Seth before where one just busted open. We were sitting in the rental car parking lot about to pick up the car, and he’s just dumping out his whole checked bag, chocolate protein powder going everywhere. It was terrible.

Cesaro: Actually, one of my protein bags just kind of exploded in my bag.

Kofi: If anyone has ever had protein powder spill in their bag, you only let that happen to you one time. You have to double bag it. Plus traveling with the actual tubs of protein takes up so much unnecessary space.

Charlotte: I’ll take my protein powder and put it in a little Ziploc baggie. So like, six Ziploc bags with a scoop of protein powder in each. And then I’ll stuff it in my actual shaker bottle.

Seth: My protein comes in bags now, which is nice. As you use them, they get smaller and smaller. So I’ll fold the bag and roll it under, and then I wrap a rubber band around it so it stays closed. Then I will put the bag inside of a Ziploc bag, so that shit ain’t going nowhere.

Source: GQ.Com

August 14th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

 

The last time we talked to WWE superstar Roman Reigns, he was in an amazing place in his career. We’re talking “main eventing the WWE’s biggest show—WrestleMania—for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Brock Lesnar”-amazing. The outcome wasn’t exactly what he was looking for, though, as Seth Rollins cashed in the Money In The Bank briefcase to steal the title from both Lesnar and Reigns. Six months down the line, Reigns was facing a different briefcase—one that temporarily knocked him out after being thrown into the ring during a house show match in Victoria, British Columbia over the weekend.

That didn’t stop The Juggernaut, and as he heads into his SummerSlam match with former Shield partner Dean Ambrose to take on Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper, we caught up with Reigns to discuss this unwelcomed briefcase shot, his time in the WWE’s developmental federation NXT, working with Dusty Rhodes(R.I.P.), and whether a certain family member is possibly returning… if you smell what we’re cooking.

Interview by Khal (@khal).

So first off, I wanted to get your thoughts on the recent briefcase situation in Victoria. You’re doing alright after that shot?
Yeah, everything is fine. It was a plastic briefcase. Just to make it all relative, I was being hit by a wooden kendo stick at the time. So being hit by a plastic briefcase in the head—which, you know, no one wants to be hit in the head by any object—it wasn’t much different then being hit by Bray Wyatt. Actually, it was way easier then being hit by a kendo stick by Bray Wyatt.

For me the scariest part though, was [thinking] “What if there was something dangerous? What if there was something sharp? What if they hit me in my eye?” The only message I want to get out about this is: I’ll go out there and I’ll put my body through some stuff for the entertainment and create the most infectious, creative, awesome atmosphere that I can. I think I’ve shown that. I danced with the big bear Brock Lesnar like no one else. I’ll go to there and I’ll get wild. Just please—don’t put me in harm’s way. Let me put myself in harm’s way. But don’t [mess with] the opportunity for me to provide for my family, for my seven-year-old daughter, for my wife, our livelihood. Don’t hurt me. Don’t injure me. Let me take myself out of this equation. You don’t have to do that, you know what I mean? Just come enjoy the show and just think about this [as] a family situation. This is a family show, so please act accordingly.

Definitely. What’s funny is when I heard about this, I was wondering about your ring entrance. You’re the only guy right now who’s not even coming into the ring normally; you are coming straight through the crowd. Have you had any crazy situations like that, or almost dangerous situations based off of how you’re entering the ring?

No. The fans have been great. This week was a crazy week it seemed like. I actually got groped in the crotch area this week. It was such a wild week, man. I’ve had people grab my butt. But there was a daring chick, it was either in Victoria or Vancouver—those people are wild up there [Laughs]. They love their wrestlers. Please. Please. My rig is not apart of the show. I’m going out there to wrestle, not get felt up. So please, I’m a married man. Show a little respect.

I mean, I know that wrestling fans are historically really into wrestling up in Canada. So I guess they saw you, and they got a little too crazy with it.
They’re madness. They really are. They’re rowdy. I’m into it. This whole wrestling world is a different breed, there’s no doubt. We have a rowdy bunch, but please, please let me get to the ring and wrestle. But what’s going to happen is this entrance will get taken away. And I love the uniqueness of it and someone’s got to hold the fort down. So please, don’t get too wild people.

Speaking of the people getting wild, I was thinking about your match at Payback earlier this year, the fatal four-way main event. There was a part towards the end, where you, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins had a moment where it looked like Seth was trying to get The Shield back together. Watching it at home on the Network and looking at Twitter reactions, it seemed like people were really bugging out for it, as I’m sure it was in the arena. Is that something you would even consider?
I think any successful faction within this industry has a reunion somewhere in it’s future. So, I’d hope we’re all healthy enough and we have that type of longevity. Not only for us, but for the business and for our fans. That’s the best way to really show what you’re made of and how much you care about this place, how long you can do it for. So I hope we all have that length of career and we have a couple, or three reunions. You never know. But I’m really enjoying it now.

And what an idiot, right? Oh, man. This is “the smartest member of The Shield.” He’s such a genius. “I’m the architect. I made The Shield, I built The Shield. I’m going to trick these guys.” No, you just got powerbombed by yourself. You idiot. I was shocked at how dumb he was that day. You couldn’t help but to laugh at him. Exactly. I mean, it was an awesome moment, it was, but look at him now. Now he’s figuring out [that] sometimes you just got to do it by yourself. You’ve got to prove that you’re capable of holding that title.

Now another thing I wanted to talk about was during WrestleMania you’ve had real family come out there. Not just with the awesome historic Samoans that came through the WWE before then, but you also had The Rock come through. Is there any chance that the Rock might be coming through with you, in the near future, to come take care of Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt family?
I don’t want to give anything away, but if history speaks for itself—and not too long ago, and not only my history but just in general—the history of the WWE there’s a reason why we say “card is subject to change.” You never know what’s going to happen with this crazy world of sports entertainment, so I would never rule out the fact that Rock wants to come home. Let’s put it that way. If you know what I mean.

And he can still go.
I mean, he’s in the best shape of his life, there’s no question that he can go. I don’t think that’s ever been the question, I think it’s just about moments. It’s when you have any of these legends. There’s a reason why you only ever see The Undertaker so often.

So you’ve talked about The Shield, and while I know some fans are aware, not everyone was following the NXT when you guys were getting acclimated with the WWE, really working together as a unit. Since you guys entered the WWE, the NXT has risen to the point where their TakeOver show in Brooklyn before SummerSlam has actually already sold out. How important was it for you to go through NXT as opposed to going to the independent wrestling federations?
It’s hard to say. Everybody is different and I was able to respond [to the NXT system], along with a lot of other people. I’m not the only guy who doesn’t have an independent wrestling background. You know, I have a football background, but I also have a wrestling one. I’m from a wrestling family, a wrestling dynasty. And as biased as that may be, I firmly believe I am from the greatest wrestling family of all time. We boast the largest, and possibly the most successful family tree of all time. So it’s hard for me—I’m just a very rare case, a unique superstar in that regard because I have such a different background, and story, and path.

I don’t have an indie background, but I’ve been in the wrestling business my entire life. I’ve suffered from it, I’ve rejoiced from it. My whole life has been fueled by it. I’ve been through things only generational kids would know, and it’s the same thing my kid is going through. Everybody makes sacrifices in their own regard and in their own life. So I think everything is situational and it’s all due to perspective. What you see on Raw and Smackdown and Superstars, NXT is the exact same thing. Those guys and girls are going out there and they’re learning. A lot of them in this crop have an independent background and they’re journeymen. They’ve been grinding for years and they all deserve this great opportunity that we’ve all been afforded. I couldn’t be happier for the different mix. It’s an exciting place for the WWE.

The WWE universe has a lot of talent to look forward to in the coming years, so I’m excited. I’m proud to be a product of WWE development. And the short time that I did NXT served great justice for me along with the time that I did with The Shield and just rolling with Dean and Seth, and now I’m covering my own path. And I’m looking forward to what I can do with my future.

In speaking of NXT, I hate turn on a bad note, but a couple of legends have been lost from the pro wrestling world, including Dusty Rhodes, who I know was very instrumental in helping behind the scenes in NXT. What was your experience like working with Dusty Rhodes while you were coming up through NXT?
Just in regards to Dusty, the Dream, I can’t thank him enough for the experience that I had with him, and the mentoring. Just being able to pick his brain and talk to him. You would be very surprised with how little amount of time you need to be around a top guy to learn from him. To sit under that tree and just try to absorb as much as possible. And that’s how he was, because he did it through so many different eras and generations. He affected so many superstars, so for me to be able to tap into that resource, for him to believe in me—and this is my personal relationship with Dusty—he believed in me at 270 lbs. soft with short hair. Not at all what I am today. I mean, honestly, I don’t think he saw me wearing SWAT gear and being a part of The Shield, but he knew I had what it took to get to where I am. He knew I had that type of ambition and he always told me, “You have it, you couldn’t get rid of it even if you wanted to.” And for me to hear that at such an early stage, that did nothing but [boost my] momentum and positivity for my entire career. And for that I thank the whole family. All of them. I’m a firm believer in them and I’m very thankful for the short time I got to spend with Dusty; it definitely wasn’t long enough.

With SummerSlam coming up VERY soon, what’s your gameplan when it comes to dealing with Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family in Brooklyn later this month?
The plan is on par with what I’ve been doing for the past four or five pay per-views. I’m very serious about this big fight. I’m not kidding when I tell people that I bring the big fight. It’s a game changer. It’s a whole different attitude. The whole arena changes.

Like I said before, I’m willing to go out there and do what no one else is willing to do. I’m willing to take myself out if that’s what needs to be done. So if you put someone like me and Ambrose together and you put us against a couple bearded Wyatts, you already know the house is about to burn down, so collect your spare change and buy a ticket because we are going to rip that building apart. It’s exactly what you think it’s going to be. It’s going to be vicious. It’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be aggressive. It’s going to be a big fight and it’s going to be four different personalities trying to tear each other’s throats out.

If you aren’t sold on that, go watch Oprah or something.

Source: Complex.Com

August 13th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

Sports Illustrated sat down with Roman today to talk about various topics such as The Shield, Daniel Bryan, Royal Rumble win and more. Check out the full interview below.

The Royal Rumble did not go as planned for Roman Reigns.

“It was a lot worse than I expected,” admitted Reigns. “With the internet and social media, I had a pretty good hunch it was going to go the way it did, but just not as much as it did. It seemed like a movement where Philly plotted against me for like a month, and it definitely left an impression. But I think I can say thank you–I’ve gotten better because of it.”

Reigns, speaking on behalf of WWE’s “Answer the Call” initiative benefiting the New York Police and Fire Widows and The Children’s Fund, opened up about his career, as well as how grateful he is for the opportunity to give back.

​“People call us heroes, but we are nothing compared to our police force and fire fighters and everybody who protects us and makes sure our freedom is held to the highest standard,” said Reigns. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m proud to have the WWE be a part of it.”

The online auction allows a chance to bid on meet-and-greet opportunities with John Cena at a Monday Night Raw, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin during a taping of his podcast, and even a head-to-head meeting with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.

“It’s such a great deal, and I just feel like the timing is perfect,” said Reigns.“SummerSlam is right around the corner, we’re going to be taking over New York, and this is our home base. The history of our company goes hand-in-hand with New York, and it’s such a great deal to help out the real heroes.”

Reigns had no problem discussing the highs and lows of his career, starting with this past January. As the boos reigned down upon the ring at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Reigns – whose real name is Joe Anoaʻi – was simply a man disappointed he did not deliver on the biggest stage possible.

“This is art,” said Reigns, who played college football at Georgia Tech and was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. “It’s not like it’s Week One of the season and we’ve got to go out and play good defense and run the ball. We’re telling a story.

“And I get it–people want the Super Bowl today. But, in football, you have to do Week One and then Week Two and get to Sixteen, and then start talking about the playoffs. But we don’t have a week off [in wrestling]. This is 52 weeks a year. If we’re just throwing out pay per view matches every single night where we’re going crazy, then what are we doing?”

Fans revolted against Reigns’ manufactured push to the top of the card atWrestleMania 31, but his body of work in the squared circle has been excellent ever since. His matches with Daniel Bryan at Fastlane, Brock Lesnar atWrestleMania, and the Big Show at Extreme Rules were three very different matches with high-paced action and incredible storytelling.

“Our fanbase is so hardcore and smart, and knows the history,” said the 30-year-old Reigns. “It’s almost like the underground in rap music. There is always the underground rapper people enjoy, and you want to see him come up. That’s kind of how it is in wrestling. There’s a lot of guys on the indies with the tight following from those hardcore fans, and this is that time for me to build to that respect and let people know I’m here to win, I’m here to kill it every single night.”

Along with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Reigns immediately captured the imagination of WWE fans upon his debut in November of 2012. The three men formed “The Shield,” and worked seamlessly together as wrestling’s self-appointed “Hounds of Justice.”

Once the faction split afterWrestleMania 30, Reigns continued to grow in popularity until an incarcerated hernia sidelined him from September to December. Upon his return, he struggled to regain his momentum and failed to connect with the hardcorefanbase.

Reigns won the Royal Rumble and seemed destined to capture the world heavyweight championship atWrestleMania 31, but WWE Universe had spoken–and Vince McMahon listened. A week before ‘Mania, former Shield partner Seth Rollins was instead chosen to win the championship at WrestleMania.

“It broke my heart to lose,” said Reigns. “WrestleMania was the best day of my life, the greatest opportunity I’ve ever been afforded, but at the same time, no one wants to lose the main event for the WWE world heavyweight championship.

“If you watch the shots between me and Seth, after the 1-2-3, you can see on my face how emotional I was and how overwhelming it was. I’m a competitor, and I want to win every single thing I do.”

Reigns will be competing at SummerSlam with former Shield partner Dean Ambrose against the Wyatt Family. He has embraced the opportunity to work again with Ambrose, but does miss the brotherhood he created traveling with both Ambrose and Rollins.

“It’s a bit of a double-edged sword,” said Reigns. “Seth was really big on CrossFit. I’m not, but Dean and I just go with the flow and try new things. To be honest, I didn’t really like it because a lot of the functional moments reminded me a lot of my football training, and I was completely over that.

“But I’ll admit I miss that comradery with all three of us in the gym. We were just drenched – the sweatiest guys on earth – a couple hours into a good workout. That was a cool feeling, and that’s what I miss the most.”

WWE’s “Answer the Call” auction is also allowing fans the chance to attend the season finale of WWE “Tough Enough” and meet Daniel Paige and Daniel Bryan.

Perhaps unbeknownst to the WWE Universe, Reigns considers Bryan a very close friend.

​“Bryan is the best,” said Reigns. “If anybody says any different, they’re an idiot. You can learn anything from him. I got to work a lot with him with the Shield–that was like the band with those six man matches [against Bryan, Kane, andRyback], we were doing those every night. So I had plenty of chemistry and experience with Bryan.

“He is such a journeyman with so much experience, and that’s a key ingredient to what we do–just logging in those man-hours. Bryan is a journeyman, and he’s one of the few that we have, with Seth and Dean also in that category. He’s just so smart. He has a great take on everything, and he doesn’t just think about his product. He thinks of the grand scheme of things in the WWE world, and he’s a privilege to be around, not only in the ring but also as a person. The last European tour was a great tour, sitting on the back of the bus with Bryan in a conversation for an hour-and-a-half covering everything under the sun–we talked about from evolution to lotions to how to treat swelling. He has so much knowledge on life. I feel very blessed to made a friend with Daniel Bryan.”

Another critical voice for Reigns behind the scenes is that of Paul Heyman. The two verbally sparred with one another on the road to WrestleMania, and Heymanworked with Reigns behind the scenes so he could better connect with the crowd.

“He’s known me since I was just a little guy, when I was glued to my dad’s leg backstage,” said Reigns. “Before I even got to that point [in the buildup toWrestleMania], he’s definitely been a help.”

Reigns was quick to name the qualities that separate Heyman from nearly everyone else in the world of wrestling.

“It’s his knowledge, a lot of wisdom, and he’s got some cowboy to him, too,” said Reigns. “You can’t replace experience, and the time he’s logged in this business is irreplaceable. He’s seen damn near everything under the sun with what he’s done in front of and behind the camera. There’s so many different facets to this business–it’s not just hip tosses and body slams. This is chess, and in no way is it checkers, and I think that’s what sets him apart.”

Reigns has a lot left to accomplish in the business of professional wrestling. Beyond his current feud with Bray Wyatt, he wants to make a return to the world heavyweight title picture, and the thought of a triple-threat between the Shield at aWrestleMania still lingers in the back of his mind.

“I’m about building the future,” said Reigns. “I’m about building a huge crew. When the business was the most successful, there was a whole gang of top guys making a lot of money, so the bigger our crew is and the more competition we have, and if we can create the stiffest competition from within the company, that is how we’re going to go to the next level.”

In order to accomplish his goal, Reigns admitted that staying healthy is his top priority.

“If I can stay healthy, then I can wrestle every single week,” he said. “I want to make every single town that I can, see the whole world, feel every crowd in every arena, and pull those emotional strings. I can’t explain what it feels like to be in the center stage connecting with thousands of people, but I’m having the best time doing it.”

Source: SportsIllustrated.com

August 12th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Audio Interview,Interviews

Roman Reigns talked with FOX Sports to promote SummerSlam. There had been speculation after WrestleMania on when Roman knew that he was going to lose and whether or not the fans reaction to him influence Vince McMahon’s decision on the finish of the match. Roman confirmed that he found out just one day before the show. When asked about it he said, “I found out the night before… after the Hall of Fame.”

It’s been reported that Brock Lesnar knew about a week before the show and Seth Rollins was not told anything until after his match with Randy Orton at WrestleMania. The precise time he was told was during the segment that involved Ronda Rousey and The Rock.